Washington Voters Approve Anti-Tax Ballot MeasureWashington voters have approved a ballot measure that gives state lawmakers a choice: By April 15, pass a constitutional amendment that raises the threshold needed for the Legislature to pass taxes, or else the state's sales tax will be cut by one percent.
Gas Tax Raised
Legislature OKs Bill Paving Way For WSU Medical SchoolA nearly-century old restriction giving the University of Washington in Seattle the exclusive right to operate a public medical school in the state of Washington was removed by the Legislature on Wednesday
Bill To Make It Easier To Detain Mentally Ill Will Not PassA father who lost his suicidal son in a violent standoff with police said he's disappointed that a bill in the Washington Legislature that would have made it easier to detain mentally ill people who are in crisis apparently won't pass this session.
Washington Tuition Among Fastest Growing In NationTuition at Washington's public universities increased more during the recession than in any state except Arizona
Senate OKs Bill Designating Official Oyster The Senate has approved a measure designating the Olympia oyster as the official oyster of Washington state.
Boeing To Throw Party To Thank Lawmakers For $8.7B Boeing lobbyists are throwing a "thank you" party for Washington state lawmakers who helped provide the company with billions in tax breaks.
Bill OKs Clearing Criminal Prostitution Records The House has passed a bill that would allow those convicted of prostitution who committed the offense as the result of being trafficked to clear their records in Washington state.
State Again Eyes Adding Testing To Teacher RatingsFor the fourth time in as many years, the Washington Legislature is taking a look at teacher and principal evaluations, responding to pressure from the federal government to force school districts to judge performance partly on student test scores.
Group Divided Over How To Cut State's Emissions A bipartisan group formed by the Washington Legislature has been meeting with since spring to come up with ways to cut greenhouse gas pollution.

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